Ink Pellet’s book review section covers an eclectic selection of new fiction, teachers’ guides, audio books and classics.

Many of our reviews are written by teachers, so we have an expert eye on how texts will work in the classroom. We hope to create a useful archive of reviews so that you can use this as a reference. If you would like to join our panel of reviewers, please join in or email the editor We hope the section inspires you to share new fiction with your pupils or to revisit old favourites yourself

  1. EXHIBITION: Casting shadows

    EXHIBITION: Casting shadows  

    Graham Hooper looks at the work of award-winning sculptor Rachel Whiteread, whose work is on show at Tate Britain from 12 Sept – 21 Jan

  2. Confidence-boosting Shakespeare for special children

    Confidence-boosting Shakespeare for special children  

    This term, 99 special schools will be taking part in the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival out of a total of just over 1000 schools of all types. Susan Elkin found out more.

  3. Sunshine through the clouds

    Sunshine  through the clouds  

    How important is it to teach young people that life isn’t always perfect and what role can fiction play in gently conveying this message? Mark Glover spoke to author Matt Haig about how the bad times in his novels are just as important as the good ones.

  4. Edu-lissimo!


    Opera companies are engaging with more young people and schools, utilising the varied learning opportunities offered. Susan Elkin extolls the benefits of opera in education.

  5. On the job theatre training

    On the job theatre training  

    A new initiative offering on the job theatre training for aspiring young actors is starting in January. Susan Elkin found out more and advises you take a closer look.

  6. All change please

    All change please  

    Karen Latto spent seven years teaching before becoming a subject specialist for OCR, overseeing the new GCSE syllabus for drama which came into classrooms last year. Mark Glover spoke to her about her career, the challenges of instigating a specification and how digital theatre allows more students across the UK to take GCSE drama.

  7. How to be a Kid

    How to be a Kid  

    One of three plays in the new Paines Plough rep season, How to be a Kid, by playwright Sarah McDonald-Hughes, explores challenges faced by young carers. Susan Elkin found out more.

  8. Best of both worlds

    Best of both worlds  

    Poetry can sometimes struggle to shake off its inaccessible label, particularly in the classroom. Mark Glover asks if it’s time to start dovetailing modern with the traditional?

  9. BIG INTERVIEW: Chris Hocking

    BIG INTERVIEW: Chris Hocking  

    As Chris Hocking takes over at the head of ArtsEd, Susan Elkin chats to him about his background and plans for this vibrant school

  10. THE BIG INTERVIEW: Neal Foster

    THE BIG INTERVIEW: Neal Foster  

    The Birmingham Stage Comapany, one of the world’s leading producers of theatre for children, is celebrating its 25th anniversary and Susan Elkin met up with its founder Neal Foster We meet in his theatreland London office, a stone’s throw from Piccadilly Circus and not much further from the Garrick Theatre where Gangsta Granny is to […]